Yesterday's News for January 2003

Yesterday's News for January 2003

35 years ago in 1968

•The Gates Lions Club was heading up a fundraising campaign to help the Park Ridge Hospital Venture to acquire 156 acres on Long Pond Road. The organization was still trying to raise the last $23,000 of the $450,000 total needed to purchase the land.

•Senator Thomas Laverne introduced legislation giving the state Department of Transportation authority to move ahead with plans for the “Suburban Loop” a planned expressway for the western edge of Monroe County to begin at Buffalo Road and Union Street then loop though Ogden, Parma and Greece ending at the Rochester city line.

•A group of interested rockhounds met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harter to organize the new Spencerport Gem and Mineral Society.

•Carmen Basilio, former Welterweight and Middleweight Champion of the World, appeared at the Spencerport Fire Station on January 25 courtesy of the Genesee Brewing Company.

•A memorial service was held January 28 for Spencerport area civic leader Charles Kenyon who was fatally injured in a car accident.

•Friar Tuck Restaurant and Lounge in Spencerport Village Plaza held their Grand Opening January 29 through 31.

•The school board of Brockport’s Catholic grammar school, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, decided to discontinue the seventh and eighth grades of the school as of June 30.

30 years ago in 1973

•State Senator Fred J. Eckert was sworn into office by Lt. Governor Wilson to represent the 54th Senate District which included part of Monroe County.

•The historic Ryan House alongside the canal in Adams Basin was being restored by new owner Lewis “Bud” Nichols.

•Retiring Riga Town Clerk Dorothy Lahmen was honored with an Open House on January 7.

•Thieves broke in to the J&R Super Duper in Hilton and stole an estimated $11,500 in cash and merchandise. The store did not have insurance to cover the theft.

•The Spencerport lift bridge was closed on January 15 for two weeks of exploratory work. A 20 man crew was working to determine the condition of the bridge and decide which repairs needed to be made in the spring.

•Parma Town Board was taking measures to stop operation of a landfill operated by John R. Lipari in a gravel pit section near the 5500 block of West Ridge Road. The board claimed the landfill was in violation of town zoning ordinances.

•Rochester native Chuck Mangione and his quartet were nominated for Best Jazz Performance by a Group in the 15th annual Grammy Awards.

•Those in the market for a used car could visit Jim Barnard Chevrolet on Buffalo Road to find a 1966 Dodge Dart for $195, a 1966 Chrysler for $397, 1969 Malibu for $1,497 and a 1964 T-bird for $479.

25 years ago in 1978

•Tom Netherton, a regular on the “Lawrence Welk Show,” performed in concert for Roberts Wesleyan College January 6 at Pearce Memorial Church in North Chili.

•The Department of Transportation announced that it had narrowed the field of possible transportation links between Gates and the Orleans County line to one “corridor” which closely paralleled Route 31. Design analysis was set to begin in the Spring.

•Spencerport School District residents turned out in significant numbers to express their concern, skepticism and anger over Superintendent Clement’s recommendation to close the Elementary School.

•Four major snow storms hit the area over a two week period. Already local snow accumulation had surpassed that of the previous winter.

20 years ago in 1983

•Spencerport Mayor Edward “Ted” Fosmire announced he would not seek a fifth term in the March election. Fosmire had been mayor since 1975.

•Members of Faith Baptist Church in North Chili celebrated the final bond payment on their church with a mortgage burning service.

Suburban News ran a three-part series on computers in the classroom. The Spencerport district had a total of 25 computers with four more soon to be purchased through a Chapter I Grant. Hilton had 31 computers - mostly Atari and Apple, and the newest IBM computers were just beginning to be used to teach word processing. Churchville-Chili had 10 Apple II computers in the high school where 200 students were signed up for computer programming electives.

•Congressman John J. LaFalce, 32nd District, opened an official office in Rochester to serve the needs of his constituents from Monroe and Orleans counties.

•1980 Spencerport High School graduate Joan Schockow was named to the United States All-American Soccer Team by the National College Soccer Coaches Association of America. Schockow was a junior goalie at SUNY Cortland.

•The Spencerport Board of Education unanimously accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Joseph Clement to close the John T. Trowbridge School effective June 30, 1984. The school only housed ninth graders.

A 20 oz. Sirloin Steak Dinner for two was $12.95 at The Johnson House in Churchville.

15 years ago in 1988

•Parishioners of The First Congregational Church of Riga United Church of Christ, Chili-Riga Center Road, launched a project to raise funds to straighten the church’s steeple. The tower was estimated to be 18 to 20 inches off the perpendicular.

•Churchville-Chili Senior High student Maggie DiGrazia won the Churchville Chamber of Commerce logo contest with her graphic representation of a tree, symbolizing growth, and a building, representing the community.

•Hilton School District was researching space needs and considering a capital project to include expansion of the Special Education program. Spencerport schools were also hoping to expand the number of elementary classrooms with a $2.4 million referendum for a two phase, ten year bond issue.

•The most recent addition to the services offered at Lakeside Memorial Hospital was cataract lens implant surgery.

10 years ago in 1993

•With “Blue Hawaii” playing in the background, Elvis fans waited in line at the Spencerport Post Office on Friday, January 8, the first day “The King’s” stamp went on sale. Postal employee Marcia Papoi decorated the local branch office with Elvis memorabilia and products available through the USPS. The Spencerport branch sold 6,000 of the Elvis stamps on the first day.

•More than 100 attended the Grand Opening and Open House at the Hamlin Volunteer Ambulance Corps to officially open the group’s new Operation Center on January 9.

•SUNY Brockport’s historic Hartwell Hall was undergoing major interior renovation. Phase I of the two phase project was expected to take up to two years to complete. The entire interior was being gutted and new electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and elevators were being installed.

•Kendall Lions Club recognized Frank Clow for his many years of dedicated service to Lions and the Kendall community with the Melvin Jones Fellowship.

•Clarkson Town Highway crews demolished the former Town Hall Annex and Court House in two days. Supervisor Paul Kimball said the annex was too small to be put to use and that the building had no architectural significance.

•Because of reduced funding from New York State and the resulting increases on local taxpayers, a group of interested citizens formed a community non-profit organization to raise and distribute funds for worthy educational programs within the Byron-Bergen School District.

•Chili Supervisor Jerome Brixner appointed longtime Chili resident George Bartnett to the deputy supervisor position which became available in December when Bernice Wilcox resigned.

•Spencerport Family Restaurant in the Village Plaza was heavily damaged by fire on January 31. The fire was ruled an arson, and police believe it was set to cover up a burglary.

5 years ago in 1998

•Citizens Utilizes acquired the Ogden Telephone Company. The company still operated under the Ogden Telephone Company name providing phone service as part of the Citizens Communications family.

•Nat O. “Buddy” Lester III took office as Sweden Town Supervisor, occupying the same office as his father Nat O. Lester II did from 1963 to 1971.

•Churchville and Riga were planning to build a joint complex next to the Fire Department on Buffalo Street to house both the town and village offices.

•Churchville-Chili Middle School Principal Dr. Joseph Hoff announced his plans to retire at the end of the school year.

•St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hilton kicked off a year-long celebration of their centennial with a banquet on January 18. The dinner also marked Rev. Albert Zoller’s 25th year as pastor to the church.

•Rochester Press Radio Club selected 13 year-old Spencerport seventh grader Matt Pagani as the Honorary Chairman of the Day of Champions Dinner on January 26. Pagani played soccer, CYO basketball, baseball, and neighborhood football despite being on life support 24 hours a day. Pagani was born with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome which means the brain does not signal the lungs to breathe. Yankee first baseman Don Mattingly and hockey player Dominik Hasek were also guests at the dinner that year.

•Brockport Village Board approved the purchase of 25 Liberty Street. The home on the property was going to be demolished in order to construct a driveway for a second entrance to the village garage and pound on East Avenue.

1 year ago in 2002

•A malfunctioning release valve caused an accidental release of chemicals from the Diaz Chemical Corporation in Holley on January 5. Approximately 80 gallons of chemicals were released, one of the compounds so new that neither Diaz nor the DEC could be sure of the long or short term effects of exposure. The Diaz Corporation paid for clean-up and removal of residue, and for lodging for area residents who chose not to stay in their homes.

•Following much public comment condemning Trustee Peter DeToy’s alleged conduct during two tape recorded phone conversations with police dispatchers, Brockport officials unanimously approved a resolution to seek DeToy’s removal from office at their January 7 meeting. DeToy took actions to block his removal, and the sanctions against him were lifted by the board in March.

•Following an investigation into misappropriation of town property, the Town of Sweden accepted the resignation of Highway Superintendent Craig Smith.

•The SUNY Brockport gymnastics team was ranked second in the country after winning the Brockport Invitational.

•The Town of Hamlin held an informational meeting on a proposed radio tower for WMJQ-FM to be located west of Wiler Road and south of Brick Schoolhouse Road. The majority of those in attendance at the meeting were opposed to the proposal.

•Daniel Varrenti was sworn in as the new Brockport Chief of Police in a ceremony January 25.

•The Spencerport Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Awards Dinner on January 25, and named Ralph Pembroke the Clyde W. Carter Citizen of the Year, Jospeh Peworchik, owner of Walker Brothers Co. Funeral Home Inc., Business Person of the Year, and Denny Marra, owner of Barefoot Landing, received the Civic Beautification Award.